Lions, Hughes Creek granted variances to new ordinance
by Martha Quetsch
The Elburn Village Board granted exceptions Monday to its brand-new sign ordinance.
The board will permit Hughes Creek Golf Club to display a six-foot banner during its May through September season, and the Elburn Lions Club to post trailer-mounted signs for five events during the year.
Under the village’s sign ordinance approved in April, the signs are not allowed. However, the board granted variances for the Lions and the golf club.
Trustee Patricia Romke suggested that golf club operator Heather Espe erect a permanent sign in the future at the club on Hughes Road. The club has posted the banner with its name and offerings for many years, but the banner now is prohibited by the sign ordinance.
Espe said a permanent sign might be cost-prohibitive.
â€œThis is an expensive venture. We just got a three-year lease (from the Kane County Forest Preserve, which owns the golf course property) but I don’t want to buy a sign if we won’t be there beyond three years.â€
New village trustee Jerry Schmidt said the board should look at revising the new sign ordinance.
â€œWe have to help our businesses,â€ Schmidt said.
The Lions will be permitted to post temporary signs at locations including Route 47 and South Street and Route 47 and Stetzer Street, to advertise events such as its summer farmer’s market, Day in the Park and Elburn Days. The events benefit charities.